Bear Hunting Licence
Issuance of bear hunting licences to residents of NB and non-residents.
Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must be a resident as defined in the Fish and Wildlife Act and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence.
Non-Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must show proof of identity and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence. May purchase a licence in any Wildlife Management Zone in which the annual quota has not been depleted for that year.
Hunter Education Requirements:
Resident and Non-Resident Hunters born on or after January 1, 1981 and all first-time hunters must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course.
Hunters born previous to 1981 may present a previous hunting licence as proof of hunting experience.
All bow hunters and crossbow hunters must complete a recognized stand-alone Bow Hunter Education course, or have proof of a previous hunting licence allowing use of a bow or crossbow. Conservation Education certificates from other provinces, territories and states are valid in New Brunswick.
16- and 17-year-old hunters who wish to purchase a Resident or Non-Resident Bear Licence must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course and two years hunting experience.
While hunting, they must be accompanied by an adult holder of a valid Deer or Bear Licence, with two years experience hunting deer or bear. Proof of experience may be copies of previous hunting licences or the hunter may sign a "Certificate of Having Held a Hunting or Fur Harvester's Licence".
16- and 17-year-old hunters must purchase their bear licence from a Service New Brunswick centre or a licensed outfitter.
Bear hunting licences provide hunting opportunities to New Brunswick hunters while managing bear populations for future use. A person may purchase one Black Bear Licence per year. Licences are valid for hunting during the three black bear hunting seasons (spring, fall bow and fall gun) in a calendar year until the bag limit is filled.
Resident Black Bear Licences are valid for all Wildlife Management Zones open for black bear hunting.
Non-Resident Black Bear Licences are valid only for the Wildlife Management Zone specified on the licence.
Non-Resident hunters may acquire Black Bear Licences in either of the following two methods:
(a) Through a designated, licensed outfitter or guide who has received an allocation of Non-resident Black Bear Licences.
(b) By entering and being successful in the computerized random access draw. Application information and procedures are available from Service New Brunswick and Natural Resources offices or on the internet (see Non-resident licence draw link under "related Links" below).
Non-residents, before entering the draw, please read important details found in the "Non-Resident Bear fact sheet", below.
Contact your nearest Natural Resources office for a list of guides.
UNCLAIMED LICENCES - Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You must pay for your licence(s) when you call.
You will need:
- Each hunter's name
- Mailing address
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
A licence validation sticker(s) will be mailed to the purchaser.
Allow at least three business days if requesting that licences be sent to a District office or Service New Brunswick.
Non-Resident Draw application period January 2 to February 28, 2013
Results available March 4 to March 22, 2013
Purchase your licence: before March 22, 2013
Unclaimed licences: Available April 8, 2013
|Fee Description||Rate in $||Effective Date|
|Resident Bear Licences + $5 conservation fee||37.00||2010-01-04|
|Bear Licence (Seniors 65+) + $5 conservation fee||18.00||2010-01-04|
|Non Resident Bear Draw - Application Fee||26.25||2011-12-20|
|Non Resident Bear Licences + $20 conservation fee||143.00||2010-01-04|
|Non-Resident Guide Exemption Permit||150.00||2012-01-04|
|Replacement Licences Bear||5.25||2012-01-04|
|DNR Regional and District offices|